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Conservative Columnist Shatters the GOP’s Claims of Democratic Voter Fraud — by Pointing Out Republican Schemes

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A conservative Washington Post columnist slammed the GOP for promoting voter fraud conspiracies in light of mounting evidence in North Carolina that a Republican campaign did exactly that.

The Post‘s Jennifer Rubin wrote that while “Republicans have done untold damage to the integrity of elections by their false claims of fraud,” they now are staying mum in the face of the real thing.

“This is the most blatant and arguably serious example of putting party above country, and above democracy,” Rubin wrote. “You have to question whether a party that is uncommitted to preserving the credibility and integrity of elections is fit to govern.”

The conservative writer pointed out multiple instances of the GOP promoting the conspiracy — with the president’s now-defunct Election Integrity Commission, with arguably racist voter ID laws and Donald Trump’s claims of widespread fraud in California (which were recently echoed by outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan).

Americans now “have a big, ugly and blatant example of what is very likely election fraud” in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, where an operative named Leslie McCrae Dowless has been accused of tampering with and stealing absentee ballots on behalf of Republican candidate Mark Harris. The matter is now under investigation at the state level.

“The absentee ballots, wouldn’t you know, are disproportionately from African American neighborhoods,” Rubin mused.

The country is lucky that Democrats are soon to be in control of the House of Representatives, the columnist noted, because there are multiple steps — including refusing to seat Harris — that they can take to make sure the apparent GOP victory is not fraudulent.

“If Harris’s apparent victory is voided, the Democratic House majority will assure he is not seated,” Rubin wrote. “But do we have any doubt that if Republicans were in the majority they’d find some rationale for sitting a Republican, no matter what evidence was presented and how many African American votes were discarded?”

Image: Republican Mark Harris speaking at a MAGA rally (screengrab)

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Trump Now Urging Florida Voters to Vote by Mail After Realizing More Democrats Are Mailing in Ballots Than Republicans

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Voting by mail is safe and effective, nearly entirely free from fraud, but for months President Donald Trump has been spinning lies to get Americans to go to the polls. He’s falsely claimed mail-in voting will deliver a “rigged” and “fraudulent” election, with nothing to support the claim.

Until now.

Tuesday afternoon the President urged voters in Florida – and only Florida – to vote by mail.

Trump is clearly worried about the poll numbers that show presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden beating him in the Sunshine State by six points, and statistics that show Democrats are voting by mail more than Republicans.

No Republican has won the White House in 96 years without winning Florida.

Here’s how Trump is combatting this discrepancy in the critical state of Florida:

Trump’s lie about “cleaning up the state” aside (Florida has had a Republican governor since 1999), Trump just admitted that his one claim about why voting by mail is dangerous is false.

Finally, he said there is no difference between absentee voting and voting by mail.

But Trump is still insisting just Florida, and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany opened up her press conference minutes after Trump’s tweet (and one hour late) by attacking the New York City primary election, results from which have not been released after more than a month. She’s using it to illustrate the dangers of voting by mail.

USA Today opinion columnist Michael Stern notes yet another reason Trump just changed his tune:

 

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President ‘Dementia J. Trump’ Mocked for Not Saying ‘One Coherent Thing’ During Press Briefing

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President Donald Trump’s Monday evening press briefing is being widely panned as a rambling diatribe of complaints and misinformation. The President had difficulty pronouncing many words, including “plasma,” as many noted.

Trump also lied about the timing of any possible vaccine:

And he lied about the state of the pandemic in the U.S.:

Here’s a sampling of what many are saying:

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Trump Says He Will Ban TikTok as Soon as Saturday – Experts Say He Can’t

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President Donald Trump says he will issue an executive order as soon as Saturday to ban TikTok, the Beijing-based social media and video-sharing platform.

“As far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump told the press pool traveling with him to Florida on Air Force One late Friday night.

Microsoft had expressed interest in purchasing TikTok’s U.S. operations, but the pool report says the president “made clear he was not in favor of a deal to let a U.S. company buy TikTok’s American operations.”

TikTok has been accused of posing a national security threat.

Friday evening Vox’s tech site Recode noted “for established US social media giants Facebook and Google, the decision [to force a sale of TikTok] could significantly weaken their fiercest new competitor.”

Meanwhile, experts say he cannot “ban” TikTok.

Newsweek’s White House Correspondent Andrew Feinberg:

Top national security attorney Bradley Moss also says Trump cannot ban the company:

Noted attorney and political commentator:

Dave Jorgenson, “The Washington Post’s TikTok guy”:

Another tech site, The Verge, in early July published an article detailing “How the Trump administration could ‘ban’ TikTok.”

 

This is a breaking news and developing story. This story has been updated.

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